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saddened in discussing today this tragedy with carl gooding of wdog radio of allendale, south carolina, i know first hand the low country of south carolina is praying for the fort hood families. amidst this tragedy there are reports that many soldiers in the immediate vicinity of the attack provided heroic aid to their fellow soldiers who had been wounded. l8rb)bd,@ @ @ @ gr safety. over the last few years we have made great effort to ensure the
security of our military personnel, but still there is work to be done. i know of the great efforts of our military police and protective services who are making a difference, at bases i represent, fort jackson in columbia, paris island marine base, the marine corps air station and the buford naval hospital. today as fort hood observes a day in mourning, we also offer our prayers to all those touched by this tragedy, including our soldiers, civilians, military families, and the central texas community. as the son of a world war ii army veteran, as a 31-year army reserve and national guard veteran myself, as the father of four sons serving today in the american military with a nephew serving in baghdad i know military members support each other as family. america's extended military family across the world deeply care for our fellow family members at minority hood --
members at fort hood. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from missouri. mr. skelton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the gentleman from texas, mr. edwards, be permitted to control the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. edwards: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to my friend and colleague, the chairman of the subcommittee on the house armed services committee, the subcommittee on readiness, the gentleman from texas, mr. ortiz, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. ortiz: mr. speaker, today i rise in honor of those service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice in support of our nation. my thoughts and prayers are with the families of the 12 soldiers and one civilian who were killed yesterday at fort hood and with the 30 who were wounded. and i'm very familiar with fort
hood. not only is this in texas but this is where i went to my basic training many years ago. at this time we must not judge. instead it is imperative that we understand. we must understand what prompted a psychiatrist who had helped so many of his fellow soldiers in the past to take their lives yesterday. we must realize that no one is above the need for mental health counseling and we must have the -- be sure this is readily available to all. the army as a whole is under significant stress in support of the nation's operations overseas. this stress in itself in many ways, and we must do more to understand those stresses and support the service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on a daily basis. i join my colleagues in offering my sincere condolences, to our brave soldiers and their
families at fort hood, especially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. mccaul: i yield to the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. poe: i thank the gentleman for yielding time. fort hood, texas, has a long, long history. it's right in the center of the state of texas and many of us all from the state of texas have connections with that institution. it's named after a confederate general, john bell hood who was in charge of the fourth texas during the war between the states. after the war was over with, it became a military institution, military installation for the united states army. the biggest army installation in the world. every state, every territory from all over come and serve at fort hood, texas. and has been that way for a
great number of years. my father, who served in the great world war ii, when he was an 18-year-old and did basic training in texas and came back home in 1945, was sent to fort hood, texas, to be reequipped for the invasion of japan -- re-equipped for the invasion of japan that never took place. but he met my mom there in temple, texas. he got married and that's why i was born in temple, texas, and have a great affection for that institution and all those that have served with the united states army at that location. it is now the deployment post for individuals who go overseas to represent the rest of us. they go to iraq. they go to afghanistan. they go to kosovo. they go all over the world. they are being deployed at this time to represent our country and the values that we have. and many of them have served multiple tours of duty.
some of them up to four tours of duty in iraq. but yet they are all volunteers. they continue to serve. and they continue proudly to wear the united states uniform. approximately 40,000 people are associated with the base in fort hood, texas. not only the soldiers but their families are there. and we must remember as americans when troops go to war, their families go to war, too. only they stay home. those blue star moms and those gold star moms. they stay here and they support our troops. and this event that occurred yesterday at fort hood, one of the tragedies is the attack was done by one of their own. someone who had been apparently radicalized, was opposed to the war. he will be held accountable to the law for his actions. hopefully he will be tried by the state of texas for his actions.
but that's what makes part of this a tragedy. the 13 that were killed, the 30 that were wounded. yet as my friend, congressman mccaul, has pointed out, and mr. wilson has pointed out, the people at the base, civilians and military, came to the rescue to help others even though it endangered their lives. and today, this morning, not far from fort hood, texas, in temple, texas, many of those 30 are still there, receiving treatment because of their injuries. and the whole community and the whole nation needs to understand the importance of taking care of the survivors and the families who have lost those loved ones. we owe a great deal to our military. next week is veterans day where we celebrate the end of the great world war i and honor the veterans that have served since that time. and while we celebrate our veterans and honor them next week, we should continue to
honor those who continue to serve and are in the military today. including those who have given their lives and those that have been injured because of some act of criminal activity against them. so our hearts, our prayers, our thoughts are for those, those brave, few, those noble few, that rare breed, that unique breed, the american breed who volunteer to represent the united states wherever they are assigned somewhere in the world. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas. mr. edwards: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to my friend and colleague from texas, a senior member of the armed services committee and a chairman of the house intelligence committee, mr. reyes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. reyes: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise today to
share with my colleagues and express our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of those killed and wounded in yesterday's tragic shooting at fort hood. while there are no words that perhaps we can say here today on the floor of the house that will lessen the grief of the entire army family, we do want them to know that our nation mourns with them. as a congress we must work to understand why this attack occurred. and we must pledge to do everything within our power to prevent any future tragedies from happening to other families so that they do not know and share the pain and suffering that is going on today at fort hood. but for now i want them to know that they are in our thoughts and in our prayers. the days and months ahead will be diffi b